Story: Plays and playwrights

Poster for Purapurawhetu, 1997

Poster for Purapurawhetu, 1997

Purapurawhetu, by Briar Grace-Smith, was the first play performed at Wellington's Downstage Theatre by the Māori theatre company Taki Rua, in 1997. This is the poster from that production. It shows cast member Jim Moriarty holding a baby in front of a starry sky, the 'purapurawhetu' of the play's title.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-D-TAKI-RUA-1997-03

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How to cite this page:

Murray Edmond, 'Plays and playwrights - Māori and Pacific theatre', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/43961/poster-for-purapurawhetu-1997 (accessed 24 August 2019)

Story by Murray Edmond, published 22 Oct 2014